• Scotland's Bird Club

    Local Branches


  • Local Branches

The SOC has 15 local branches around the country from Orkney to West Galloway. 

Evening Talks Programme

Each branch runs its own series of evening talks for members to enjoy. With close links to partner wildlife and environmental organisations, such as the BTO, RSPB and SNH, our members have the opportunity to hear some of Scotland’s top ornithologists and conservationists speak. Presentations by leading wildlife artists and photographers also feature in the winter talks programme, which generally runs from October – April annually. Please note that most branches ask for a small donation from attendees to help cover the cost of refreshments and venue hire.

Branches are offering a mix of in-person and online (Zoom) talks, and further details are available on the indivudual branches' pages. 


Branch Outings

A number of branches organise a programme of outings for members to enjoy. These are a great opportunity to connect with like-minded individuals whilst bettering your bird ID skills. There’ll always be someone on hand to help with the trickier aspects of field identification.

Updates are available on the individual branch pages. 

Access to a programme of talks and outings across Scotland

Although members are affiliated to their nearest branch of the Club, you’re free to attend talks and outings organised by any of the other branches too. So if you’re going up north for your holidays or working down south for example, do have a look and see if there’s anything on around the time of your visit!

Branch Committees

Branch activities are co-ordinated by a committee – see the individual branch pages for further information and committee contact details.

Other activities

Often branches are involved in survey work, contributing to national Atlas projects or locally, to the annual bird report, in conjunction with the Local Bird Recorder. Details, where available, are provided on the local branch page. 

Thinking about joining the SOC?

Non-members interested in finding out more about the Club, our activities and membership, are more than welcome to come along and sample one of our talks or outings. Please contact the relevant branch secretary in advance to let them know to expect you- we look forward to seeing you soon! 


SOC brings together like-minded individuals with a passion for birds, nature and conservation through a programme of talks, outings, conferences and via the Club’s quarterly journal, Scottish Birds.